Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Our 2nd day was an early one! We needed to be down at the front of the Polynesian Resort by 7:30am for our special bus transportation to EPCOT. Thank goodness for Jennifer being an early-riser because she went & filled mine & Debbie's coffee mugs for us so we'd have it as soon as we opened our eyes! Those of you who know me, know that I need my coffee first thing! :) Thanks, Jen!

So, with coffee in our tummies, we headed down to the lobby, boarded our bus, & off to EPCOT we went. I had absolutely no idea that we would be entering the park through a back 'secret' entrance. It was so cool to see behind all of the countries from our bus!

We ended up entering the park right alongside of the American Adventure Pavillion where a wonderful breakfast buffet was set up for us in the Rotunda. There was quiche, roasted potatoes, fresh fruit, pastries, yogurt with granola, & the list goes on. Everything was amazing, well, except for the coffee, it was lukewarm! I think they filled the pots a little too early! LOL! We only got our first cup poured for us until I decided to grab a pot off the waiter's tray & pass it around our table! It was so funny because Melissa even tweeted that I was her hero for doing that! :)

Our speaker for that morning was Guy Kawasaki. He is the co-founder of Alltop.com, & also a founding partner of Garage Technology Ventures. Guy was very fun to listen to because he shared his thoughts on Twitter & shared how he uses it as a marketing weapon. He, like me, didn't understand the purpose of twitter at first, like why would anyone care that someone is standing in a long line at Starbucks? He showed us how to do searches so you can see what everyone is saying about anything you are interested in. It's truly amazing!

After breakfast, we all walked together to World Showplace, a huge room for special events, located between the United Kingdom & Canada Pavillions.

I'll talk about what we did there in my next post! :)

Monday, February 15, 2010

When I think back on all of the wonderful experiences I had during the last week, it warms my heart to know that people I interact with using various forms of social media co-hosted the events with Walt Disney World! I am honored to be in touch with these wonderful moms & would like to thank them for their help in putting on such an amazing event!

Thank you Janice & Susan from 5 Minutes for Mom because without you ladies, I would not have been invited to attend!

Thank you also to Amy Lupold Blair with Resourceful Mommy Media, I'm so glad that you & your family made it down despite all the weather issues! Thanks to Jennifer James with Mom Bloggers Club, & Maria Bailey with Mom Select too.

It was truly an honor to meet & interact with all of you ladies!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

I'm going to veer off of my personal Disney story to tell you about the most fabulous event I just attended. I was lucky enough to be invited to Disney's very first Social Media Moms Celebration at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL.

Social Media has recently become a very important & successful way of communicating for businesses all around the world. I had the opportunity to hear some very influential people speak about their social media experiences, both personal & professional. I'll talk about each one in future posts.

The first event of the 3-day celebration was a tailgate party at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. I had heard of this but had no idea that it was so big! It was a real treat to see it. We got to learn about what was up & coming for the complex. Very exciting! Here is a video covering the relaunch! We also learned more about the upcoming Fantasyland expansion including the Electric Light Parade move! I'm so very excited about it!

We had a great dinner of hamburgers & hot dogs & all the trimmings. We played & interacted with fellow mommy-bloggers & their families as well as with several Disney characters all dressed up in their sports attire.

We met & chatted with Leanne Jakubowski, Director of Social Media at the Walt Disney World Resort. Below is a picture of me, Minnie, Traci, Leanne, Debbie, & Jennifer down in front!

We also were able to meet one of my personal idols, Laura Spencer, another Social Media Manager at the Walt Disney World Resort. I asked Laura my very first question way back at the beginning of 2008 when the Walt Disney World Mom's Panel made its debut & find it fascinating that she is now in charge of the panel! Here is a picture of Lynne, Debbie, Traci, JL, Laura, me & Jennifer.

This was just the beginning of what was in store for us! Leanne & Laura did such an amazing job of planning this spectacular event for us! Thank you! :)